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Impact of Comprehensive Smoking Bans on the...

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Impact of Comprehensive Smoking Bans on the Health of Infants and Children : This November 2017 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research provides comprehensive estimates of how 100% smoke-free regulations impact the venue of smoking, smoking behaviors, and the health of children and infants. Using models that exploit state- and

county-level changes to smoking ban legislation in the US over time, estimates suggest that smoking bans have improved the health of both infants and children, mainly through the implementation of more comprehensive bans. Further, we find no evidence of compensatory behaviors among smokers (both smokers with and without children in the household), and actually, find that the bans had a positive spillover effect in terms of reducing smoking inside the home – an effect which may further explain the improvement in infant and children’s health.

Comprehensive smoking bans improve the health of infants and children; http://www.nber.org/papers/w23995

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